A third of fish and chip shops could close by the end of the year, industry chiefs are warning.
They say the UK is facing the “biggest crisis” in the trade’s history as chippies desperately struggle to secure cooking oil.
A national shortage of sunflower oil due to the war in Ukraine has caused prices to soar.
Shop owners are being forced to shell out for higher prices for the vital ingredient, along with its alternatives such as rapeseed and palm oil.
It’s feeding into the wider cost of living crisis with other prices, like energy costs for cooking, also going through the roof.
The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) now fears thousands of premises are on the brink of closure in 2022 as a result.
The crisis could see around 3,500 of the UK’s 10,500 fish and chip shops shut their doors for good, the industry body says.
Andrew Crook, the NFFF president, said: “We’ve just come through one major crisis with the pandemic – now we’re in this crisis which is even bigger.